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    KIKO-FM 96.5 Testing Out All HD Digital Broadcast?

    For the last few days, I’ve noticed that KIKO 96.5 FM out of Apache Junction / Claypool is broadcasting in all digital using their HD signal with no analog carrier of any kind. Obviously the audio is amazing (even for oldies) and I’ve never heard Joey Dee & The Starliters sound so good, but it still doesn’t seem to help their signal much in getting east of Mesa / Gilbert. Also, when the HD drops out, there is nothing on the analog side. No static, just silence. Anyone know what is going on over at KIKO-FM?

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    Interesting! All I hear over here near the White Tanks is an analog station broadcasting Christian music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asugeorge1 View Post
    For the last few days, I’ve noticed that KIKO 96.5 FM out of Apache Junction / Claypool is broadcasting in all digital using their HD signal with no analog carrier of any kind. Obviously the audio is amazing (even for oldies) and I’ve never heard Joey Dee & The Starliters sound so good, but it still doesn’t seem to help their signal much in getting east of Mesa / Gilbert. Also, when the HD drops out, there is nothing on the analog side. No static, just silence. Anyone know what is going on over at KIKO-FM?
    They're not running all digital. Their analog is just dead air with stereo pilot. Something strange happening with their studio-to-transmitter link. In the past month, their HD2 ("KIKO Globe-Miami Radio," the old format from 1340 AM before that signal moved to Apache Junction, now feeding a translator in Globe-Miami) started to show up. Which begs the question, had they been running a translator without a feeding HD2 all along?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricStein View Post
    They're not running all digital. Their analog is just dead air with stereo pilot. Something strange happening with their studio-to-transmitter link. In the past month, their HD2 ("KIKO Globe-Miami Radio," the old format from 1340 AM before that signal moved to Apache Junction, now feeding a translator in Globe-Miami) started to show up. Which begs the question, had they been running a translator without a feeding HD2 all along?
    I've heard their IP-delivered feed cut out and buffer before.
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